The Consuming Body
SAGE, 1994 M07 21 - 256 páginas
This is a fascinating examination of the relationship between consumption, the idea of the body and the formation of the self. In tracing these connections, The Consuming Body develops a profile of individuality in the late twentieth century - in both its bodily and mental aspects.
Pasi Falk offers a major synthesis and critical assessment of the debates surrounding the body, the self and contemporary consumer culture. He explores two fundamental issues for modern social theory - the delineation of modern consumption and the body's historically changing position in various cultural orders. In the course of his argument he examines both metaphors of consumption and investigates the issues of representation in advertising and pornography.
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The publication details of the original versions of the chapters in this book are as
follows: Chapter 2 (Body, Self and Culture) is elaborated from the original version
published with the title 'Modern Oralities - a cultural topology of the consuming ...
The human body occupies an ambiguous, even a paradoxical role in cultural
categorizations - from the cosmologies of the archaic societies to the discursive
and non-discursive practices of modern Western civilization. It is the most
Sensory organization is, in a fundamental way, dependent on the cultural and
social Order. The changes in the sensory organization are always, in one way or
another, conditioned by the changes in the Order — defined in general terms,
In other words, the human body as a cultural entity is always already a subject
interacting with the 'outside' in terms of representations. This is the first bridge,
that from the body to the self, but it also actualizes the second one, that from the ...
This is where the structured cultural representations - cultural categorizations —
reveal their determining character. The cultural scene A cultural categorization in
its elementary form is the very naming of the unrepresentable 'good' structured ...
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Chapter 7 Pornography and the Representation of Presence